Category : News
Author: Robert G. Patman

America is currently experiencing its worst political and constitutional crisis since the civil war when the very survival of Abraham Lincoln's government "of, by and for the people" was at stake.

On January 6, an armed mob of thousands carrying Confederate flags, symbols of the QAnon online conspiracy cult, Trump flags and pro-Nazi insignia stormed the US Capitol building where America's elected representatives had gathered to formally certify Joe Biden's election victory.

Article: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2021/01/opinion-nz-needs-to-take-a-firmer-stand-against-global-threat-to-democracy.html
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Author: Jamie Ensor

Two Kiwi MPs say the United States' determination that China is committing "genocide" with its repression of Uighurs in the Xinjiang region is a "significant" move by the global superpower.

There are also now calls for New Zealand to make a similar statement and ban the import of products from the region.

Article: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2021/01/xinjiang-nz-urged-to-follow-trump-administration-s-lead-declaring-genocide-in-china-against-uighurs.html
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Author: Michael Morrah

Two public health experts have called for even tougher measures at the border, including removing smoking and exercise areas at our managed isolation hotels. 

The Government announced on Tuesday that from next week, almost all travellers to New Zealand must produce a negative test before boarding a plane home. Most Pacific Island nations, Australia, and people landing from Antarctica are exempt.

Article: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2021/01/coronavirus-epidemiologists-call-for-removing-smoking-exercise-areas-in-managed-isolation-facilities.html
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Author: RNZ

It's been a summer of change for drivers, with some state highways across Aotearoa having had their speed limit recently reduced.

It's all part of the New Zealand Transport Agency - Waka Kotahi's Road to Zero vision - the aspiration that no-one is killed or seriously injured in road crashes.

Article: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/might-well-get-my-horse-and-cart-newly-lowered-speeds-some-state-highways-frustrate-locals
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Author: SIMON

There’s nothing like the topic of medallic recognition to get the teeth grinding and sabres rattling in the defence force community. There is a long history of grievances around orders, decorations and medals. It is surprising how resistant many governments and officials are to settling what, in most cases, ends up being a $70 bit of metal and coloured ribbon with an accompanying afternoon tea. The significance is not in the cost but in the acknowledgement by the State of an individual’s service to others and the importance of that can’t be over-estimated.

Article: https://unclas.com/2021/01/13/national-emergency-medal-for-nz/
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Author: Reuters

An independent panel said on Monday that Chinese officials could have applied public health measures more forcefully in January to curb the initial COVID-19 outbreak, and criticised the World Health Organization (WHO) for not declaring an international emergency until January 30.

Article: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2021/01/coronavirus-helen-clark-s-covid-19-panel-critical-of-china-world-health-organization.html
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Author: Isabella Durant & Mark Quinlivan

An immunologist says fast-tracking New Zealand's COVID-19 vaccine rollout isn't the answer and believes the Government has its plan right.

National and ACT are calling for the vaccine rollout in New Zealand to be fast-tracked, especially for border workers. The UK expects every adult in its population to be vaccinated by September while New Zealand's vaccine rollout isn't expected to start until the second quarter of this year.

Article: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2021/01/covid-19-other-countries-need-coronavirus-vaccine-more-urgently-than-new-zealand-expert.html
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Author: Jonathan Barrett

Rhetoric plays an important role in tax debate and therefore tax policy. If your side manages to gain traction in the public imagination with labels such as "death tax" or "dementia tax", you have gone a long way to normalising the labels and winning support.

Some truth underpins these particular labels -- an estate tax is triggered by a person's death, and the United Kingdom's abandoned levy for end-of-life care would have been particularly relevant for dementia sufferers.

Article: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/money/2021/01/analysis-government-funds-are-not-taxpayer-money-media-and-politicians-should-stop-confusing-the-two.html
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